Third-party Services & Teaching
What are third-party services?
- Third-party services are online and interactive websites such as Twitter, You Tube, Wikipedia, Padlet, Google, Slack, and Facebook - these are not provided by Royal Holloway
- These allow users to register, form networks and communities, share content, and post comments.
- They can be accessed anywhere using almost any device and, more often than not, offer functionality not offered by Virtual Learning Environments such as Moodle.
Using third-party services to enhance teaching and learning
A visual guide to using social media in support of learning
Using Twitter as a teaching tool can boost engagement and enrich classroom debate and discourse
Curation - to facilitate staff and student gathering, commenting upon and sharing of web-based resources in support of learning
Blogging - to provide web-based platforms for student writing, portfolios, audiences
Lecture and extra-lecture interactivity - to provide lecture back channels and extended audiences, and to provide interactivity and testing with personal technology
Considerations when using social media services
- Existing use
- Students' opinions
Third-party services myths
'All students use Facebook all the time so why not use it for teaching and learning?'
This is not true; not all students use Facebook and among those that do many use it only for social purposes. They many not wish to interact with their entire cohort or lecturers there, and may struggle to deal with the resulting overlap.
Ask (rather than assume) what your students would prefer.
Further reading: ' Get out of MySpace' journal article in 'Computers & Education' written by staff the University of Glamorgan (as was). The URL for the article is http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0360131509001857
How academic staff and students are using social media services